COLUMBIA — By the beginning of the year, Columbia Schools will be one building lighter in terms of its real estate portfolio.
Tuesday evening — a few hours before it was learned voters passed a 5.5-mill operating levy — the Columbia school board unanimously voted to accept the highest bid for the purchase of the Copopa Elementary School building. A bid of $155,000 was placed by 1750 Industries.
According to the secretary of state’s website, the company agent who filed the registration papers for 1750 Industries is Harold Maddock of Columbia Station. A call to the number listed for the company was not returned.
“It was a good bid, and the board accepted it because we needed to sell the property,” said Superintendent Graig Bansek. “The sale should close in about 60 days, prior to Jan. 1.”
Copopa closed in 2011. The building was built in three sections in 1921, 1938 and 1953.
In recent years and leading up to the district abandoning the building, it has been plagued with problems, many of which proved too costly for the district is tackle in order to keep the building open.
There is mold, asbestos and updates needed for everything from the electrical system to the plumbing system.
Proceeds from the sale will go into the district’s general fund. It will be added to the revenue the district will receive next year now that voters passed the operating levy Tuesday night, which will raise an additional $1.06 million.
Bansek said the cash is just what the district needed as it was poised to cut all sports and extracurricular activities if the district’s efforts on the ballot failed.